According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2985.4% higher than prices in 1849.
In other words, $6,200 in the year 1849 is equivalent in purchasing power to $191,292.09 in 2017, a difference of $185,092.09 over 168 years.
The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.
|Cumulative price change||2985.36%|
|Average inflation rate||2.06%|
|Price difference ($6,200 base)||$185,092.09|
|CPI in 2017||244.786|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.
You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$6,200 in 1849 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1849-dollars-in-2017?amount=6200.